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Review - The Traveller The Traveller by John Twelve Hawks
Booklore was lucky enough to receive a finished copy of The Traveller by John Twelve Hawks from Bantam Press just after publication. In the shadows of our modern society, an ancient conflict between good and evil is being fought. A life-and-death battle we will never see, between those who wish to control history and those who will risk their lives for freedom and enlightenment… more»»

Nigel 30th December 2005 [8/10]
Review - The Five People You Meet in Heaven The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
Alex has kindly sent in a review for The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom. Eddie is trapped in a meaningless life of fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. As the park has changed over the years so, too, has Eddie, from optimistic youth to embittered old age. Then Eddie dies in a tragic accident, trying to save a little girl from a falling cart. He awakens in the afterlife, where your earthly life is explained to you by five people who were in it... more»»
Alex 30th December 2005 [7/10]
Review - Moab Is My WashpotMoab Is My Washpot by Stephen Fry
Nadine has sent in a review for Stephen Fry's Autobiography, Moab Is My Washpot. With a score of 10/10 this has become our latest Star
book. Most people are familiar with Stephen's talents as a writer and actor. What few people know is the private Fry, the man behind the public face. His autobiography is incredibly frank - and frankly incredible... more»»
Nadine 30th December 2005 [10/10]
Review - Malicious Intent Malicious Intent by Kathryn Fox
Chrissi has done a review for
Malicious Intent by Kathryn Fox
sent to Booklore by the publisher. Dr Anya Crichton, a pathologist and forensic physician, finds that work is sparse for the only female freelancer in the field. Between paying child support, a mortgage and struggling to get her business off the ground, Anya can't yet afford to fight her ex-husband for custody of their three-year-old son, Ben. When Anya is asked to look into the seemingly innocent suicide of a teenager, Anya notices similarities between the girl's death and several other cases she is working... more»»
Chrissi 30th December 2005 [8/10]
Review - Sky BounceSky Bounce by Deanna Miller
Deanna Miller's charming Sky Bounce, a fantasy romance for young adults, has been reviewed by Paul. Hesper the Alula and her secret friend Tristan the Boytaur are forced to part sadly when Hesper is sent to the human plane. A year later, as Hesper leads the life of a high school girl with no memory of her previous life, she meets a strangely familiar boy... more»»
Paul Lappen 30th December 2005 [8/10]
Review - Offspring of ParadiseOffspring of Paradise by Safi Abdi
Molly has sent in a review for Offspring of Paradise by Safi Abdi. The military junta that has ruled the land of Somalia with an iron fist since October 21, 1969, has at last succumbed to the evils of its own making. Its policy of divide and rule has eroded the very fabric of society, and pit brother against brother. It is 1991 and the regime's last stronghold in the south is for the first time feeling what its sister cities in the north had suffered earlier, death and destruction...
Molly Martin 30th December 2005 [8/10]
Review - Scrapbook Styles: Celebrate Your Stories Scrapbook Styles: Celebrate Your Stories by Anita Louise Crane and Caroll Louise Shreeve
Carolyn has kindly sent in a review for Scrapbook Styles: Celebrate Your Stories by Anita Louise Crane and Caroll Louise Shreeve. All scrapbookers want to tell a story. They want to tell about the baby. Or they want to remember how Grandma and Grandpa met. Or maybe they love telling how Daddy fell out of the tree when he was rescuing Fluffy. Celebrate Your Stories shows family historians at every level how to capture the who, what, when, where, and why of both everyday and special occasions and turn them into beautiful scrapbook pages
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Carolyn Howard-Johnson 30th December 2005 [9/10]
Review - Angels and Demons Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
Chrissi has done a review for
Angels and Demons by Dan Brown. When a world renowned scientist is found brutally murdered, a Harvard professor, Robert Langdon, is summoned to identify the mysterious symbol seared onto the dead man's chest. His conclusion: it is the work of the Illuminati, a secret brotherhood presumed extinct for nearly four hundred years - now reborn to continue their bitter vendetta against their sworn enemy, the Catholic church... more»»
Chrissi 20th November 2005 [8/10]
Review - ElsewhereElsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
Booklore was lucky enough to receive a proof copy of this fantastic story from the publisher Bloomsbury. Gabrielle Zevin's Elsewhere tells the story of Liz who has just died in a hit-and-run accident and is about to embark on the adventure of her life. How do you describe Elsewhere? A novel so astoundingly original and carefully crafted that its complexities become common place and the common place resounds with poetry... more»»

Nigel 31st October 2005 [9/10]
Review - EveEve by Aurelio O'Brien
Paul has sent in a review for Eve by Aurelio O'Brien. The time is the fourth millennium. The storyteller is a robot, Pentser, a lone relic of times lost, a museum piece of electronic memorabilia, an automated antiquarian of long forgotten information and, in his own humble opinion, mankind's most perfect creation. The premise is simple: what if you created your perfect mate?... more»»

Paul Lappen 31st October 2005 [8/10]
Review - Snow White and the Seven Samurai Snow White and the Seven Samurai by Tom Holt
Helen has kindly sent in a review for Snow White and the Seven Samurai by Tom Holt. Once upon a time (or last Thursday as it's known in this matrix) everything was fine: Humpty Dumpty sat on his wall, Jack and Jill went about their lawful business, the Big Bad Wolf did what big bad wolves do, and the wicked queen plotted murder most foul. But the human hackers cried havoc, shut down the wicked queen's system (Mirrors 3.1) and corrupted her database - and suddenly everything was not fine at all... more»»
Helen 7th September 2005 [8/10]
Review - Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J K Rowling
Chrissi has done a review for the book that really needs no introduction; Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J K Rowling.
It is the middle of the summer, but there is an unseasonal mist pressing against the windowpanes. Harry Potter is waiting nervously in his bedroom at the Dursley's house in Privet Drive for a visit from Professor Dumbledore himself. One of the last times he saw the Headmaster was in a fierce one-to-one duel with Lord Voldemort, and Harry can't quite believe that Professor Dumbledore will actually appear at the dursley's of all places. Why is the Professor coming to visit him now? What is it that cannot wait until Harry returns to Hogwarts in a few weeks time? Harry's sixth year at Hogwarts has already got off to an unusal start, as the worlds of muggle and magic start to intertwine... more»»
Chrissi 7th August 2005 [8/10]
Review - Peyton Place and Return to Peyton Place Peyton Place and Return to Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
Alex has kindly sent in a review for Peyton Place and Return to Peyton Place by Grace Metalious.
Two best-selling and controversial novels appear in an omnibus edition that captures the sins and scandals, passions and jealousies, of a small New England town. Once denounced as "wicked" "cheap" and "moral filth", Peyton Place sold millions of copies worldwide... more»»
Alex 7th August 2005 [4/10]
Review - When She Sleeps When She Sleeps by Leora Krygier
Carolyn has kindly sent in a review for When She Sleeps by Leora Krygier. Years after the fall of Saigon, half-sisters Lucy and Mai find one another in the world of dreams. Mai is the Amerasian child of Aaron Freedman, a former U.S. Army surgeon and son of Jewish refugees, and a Vietnamese linguist, Linh. Although the surgeon had promised to leave his American wife and daughter for Linh and her infant, in the chaos of the American evacuation, they were left behind. Now both the girls are teenagers
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Carolyn Howard-Johnson 7th August 2005 [9/10]
Review - Opening BellOpening Bell by Keith D. Cummings
Paul has sent in a review for Opening Bell a near future thriller by Keith D. Cummings. May 10, 2010 - 8:35 AM. For five minutes a cryptic message has appeared on the trading board of the New York Stock Exchange. A few blocks away, at the American Stock Exchange, the same message is confounding experienced floor traders. On ATMs throughout the United States, Americans are being told that, "John Galt Has Arrived"... more»»

Paul Lappen 7th August 2005 [8/10]
Review - The LochThe Loch by Steve Alten
Molly has sent in a review for The Loch by Steve Alten. Loch Ness holds secrets, ancient and deadly. Does a monster inhabit its depths, or is it just myth? Why, after thousands of reported sightings and dozens of expeditions, is there still no hard evidence? Marine biologist Zachery Wallace knows, but the shock of his near-drowning as a child on Loch Ness have buried all memories of the incident. Now, a near-death experience suffered while on expedition in the Sargasso Sea has caused these long-forgotten memories to re-surface. Haunted by vivid night terrors, stricken by a sudden fear of the water, Zach finds he can no longer function as a scientist...
Molly Martin 7th August 2005 [8/10]
Review - The Historian The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
Kindly sent to BookLore by the publisher
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova is a brilliant debut novel. Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters addressed ominously to 'My dear and unfortunate successor'. Her discovery plunges her into a world she never dreamed of - a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an evil hidden in the depths of history.... more»»
Chrissi 1st July 2005 [8/10]
Review - Catch-22Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Nadine has sent in a review for Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, a book that came within the Top 21 of The Big Read. At the heart of Joseph Heller's bestselling novel, first published in 1961, is a satirical indictment of military madness and stupidity, and the desire of the ordinary man to survive it. It is the tale of the dangerously sane Captain Yossarian, who spends his time in Italy plotting to survive...
Nadine 30th June 2005 [7/10]
Review - Diamond Dogs, Turquoise DaysDiamond Dogs, Turquoise Days by Alastair Reynolds
Paul has sent in a review for Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days Two scintillating stories from science fiction's hottest talen Alastair Reynolds.The title story, Diamond Dogs, tells of a group of mercenaries trying to unravel the mystery of a particularly inhospitable alien tower on a distant world; Turquoise Days is about Naqi, who has devoted her life to studying the alien Pattern Jugglers... more»»

Paul Lappen 30th June 2005 [9/10]
Review - Dare to Dream!Dare to Dream!: 25 Extraordinary Lives by Sandra McLeod Humphrey
Molly has sent in a review for Dare to Dream!: 25 Extraordinary Lives by Sandra McLeod Humphrey. Magical heroes like Harry Potter, Spiderman, or Catwoman provide plenty of entertainment for kids, but in real life heroes are made of sterner stuff than celluloid fantasies. In this inspiring collection of biographies - covering historical figures such as Abraham Lincoln and Helen Keller as well as contemporary figures such as Toni Morrison and Michael Jordan - critically acclaimed writer and psychologist Sandra McLeod Humphrey teaches young people that heroes were once ordinary people whose strength of character helped them to achieve extraordinary things...
Molly Martin 7th June 2005 [8/10]
Review - 50 Facts That Should Change the World50 Facts That Should Change the World by Jessica Williams
Paul has sent in a review for 50 Facts That Should Change the World by Jessica Williams. Fact: America spends $10 billion on pornography every year – the same amount it spends on foreign aid. This book paints a picture of shocking contrasts. Hunger, poverty and all kinds of material and emotional deprivation, human rights abuses, unimaginable wealth, the decline of religion and the unstoppable rise of consumerism, mental illness, the drugs trade, corruption, gun culture, the abuse of our environment... more»»

Paul Lappen 31st May 2005 [9/10]
Review - 90 Day Wonder: Darkness Remembered90 Day Wonder: Darkness Remembered by Leon Cooper and Don Tait
Molly has sent in a review for the non-fiction 90 Day Wonder: Darkness Remembered by Leon Cooper and Don Tait. Leon Cooper was a young US Navy officer who spent three years in the Pacific during WWII. He was prepared to do his duty in the defence of his country, but his stand-up nature brought him into conflict with Captain Boda, the commanding officer of the ship on which he served. Captain Boda was an enlisted man of many years of service who received a “Battlefield” commission. Boda bore a deep resentment toward “gentlemen” officers like Cooper who were commissioned after only 90 days' training. Boda's sociopathic behaviour, including his reckless commands resulted in the deaths of a number of Cooper's shipmates...
Molly Martin 31st May 2005 [8/10]
Review - The Time Traveler’s Wife The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Our second review for The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, kindly sent in by Laurel. When Henry meets his future wife Clare for the first time, he is 28 years old and works as a librarian in Chicago, she is 20 and an art student. When Clare meets her future husband Henry for the first time, she is 6, he is 36 and appears in front of her out of thin air. Henry is a time traveller.
Their struggle to lead normal lives in the face of a force they can neither prevent nor control is intensely moving and entirely unforgettable... more»»
Laurel 31st May 2005 [9/10]
Review - SignalsSignals by Kevin D Randle
Paul has sent in a review for Signals by Kevin D Randle. For years we have watched the skies and listened for some indication that we share the Universe with other intelligent life. Now, in the desert of New Mexico, the monitoring devices pick up faint but unmistakable sounds. Signals. Coming from a mere fifty light-years away. From a source headed toward Earth. Proof, finally, that we are not alone. But what next? Will the approaching beings be friendly? Or otherwise... more»»

Paul Lappen 31st May 2005 [8/10]
Review - September and Other Stories September and Other Stories by Julie Ann Dawson
Hilda has kindly sent in a review for September and Other Stories by Julie Ann Dawson. Three sisters unlock an ancient evil buried in the tomb of a forgotten pharaoh. An alien horror manifests in the attic. A writer makes a deal with a devil over lunch. A daughter avenges her parents' deaths in a surprising fashion. Enjoy a good night of horror with the novella September, as well as 15 other short stories and poems
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Hilda A. Bain 31st May 2005 [8/10]
Review - Life of PiLife of Pi by Yann Martel
Our second review for Life of Pi by Yann Martel has been sent in by Nadine. This is the story of a young Indian boy named Pi, the deeply spiritual son of a zoo-keeper. He and his family embark on a voyage to Canada where they intend to settle, taking many of their animals with them to sell to American zoos. Disaster strikes and the ship sinks, leaving Pi drifting in a lifeboat on the Pacific Ocean, his only companion a fully-grown Bengal tiger...
Nadine 16th May 2005 [8/10]
Review - The Time Traveler’s Wife The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Alex has kindly sent in a review for The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. This extraordinary, magical novel is the story of Clare and Henry who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-two and Henry thirty. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself pulled suddenly into his past or future. Another review for this book next time from Laurel
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Alex 16th May 2005 [9/10]
Review - Melanie in ManhattanMelanie in Manhattan by Carol Weston
Molly has sent in a review for the children's book Melanie in Manhattan by Carol Weston. For once, Mel is spending her vacation on her home turf - Manhattan! But she's not alone. Miguel, the cute boy she met in Spain, is visiting New York, and this time Mel gets to be his tour guide. From the Empire State Building to the Statue of Liberty, from the Central Park Zoo to the Brooklyn Bridge, Mel and Miguel are off on their own adventures...
Molly Martin 16th May 2005 [9/10]
Review - Stardust Stardust by Neil Gaiman
Crystal has sent in a review for Stardust by Neil Gaiman. In the sleepy English countryside at the dawn of the Victorian era, life moves at a leisurely pace in the tiny town of Wall. Young Tristan Thorn has lost his heart to the beautiful Victoria Forester, but Victoria is cold and distant as the star she and Tristan see fall from the sky one evening. For the prize of Victoria's hand, Tristan vows to retrieve the star for his beloved. It is an oath that sends the lovelorn swain over the town's ancient wall and into a world that is dangerous and strange beyond imagining..
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Crystal 25th March 2005 [9/10]
Review - To Say Nothing of the Dog To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
Nadine has sent in a review for To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis. Ned Henry is badly in need of a rest. He's been shuttling between the 21st century and the 1940s searching for a Victorian atrocity called the bishop's bird stump. It's part of a project to restore the famed Coventry Cathedral, destroyed in a Nazi air raid over a hundred years earlier....
Nadine 25th March 2005 [8/10]
Review - Life of Pi Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Laurel has kindly sent in a review for
Life of Pi by Yann Martel, a tale of disaster at sea. The only survivor from the wreck of a cargo ship on the Pacific, 16 year old Pi spends 221 days on a lifeboat with a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orang-utan and a 450-pound Royal Bengal Tiger called Richard Parker. Another review for this book next time from Nadine... more»»
Laurel 25th March 2005 [9/10]
Review - Operation: Pleiades - RelicsOperation: Pleiades - Relics by Vijaya Schartz
Vijaya Schartz has kindly sent a copy of her book, Operation: Pleiades - Relics, to BookLore for review. When archaeologist Celene Dupres is called to an alien ship crash site and witnesses her father's massacre, little does she know that inside her DNA sleeps a trigger implanted by aliens when she was abducted as a child. Determined to avenge her father's murder and retrieve his alien relics, Celene meets the dangerously handsome Kin Raidon who offers to help, and leads her into a world of international intrigue. But Kin is much more than he appears... more»»

Nigel 25th March 2005 [7/10]
Review - Greed Greed by Chris Ryan
Crystal has sent in a review for Greed by Chris Ryan. F
ive Men. One Robbery. A deadly game of greed, revenge and betrayal is about to begin. Fresh out of the SAS, Matt Browning is down on his luck. He owes £500,000. If he doesn't get the money soon, he dies. From nowhere, he is offered a lifeline. A hit on al-Queda, sanctioned and helped by MI5. Matt gathers a small team of former SAS men to steal $10 million in gold and diamonds from the world's most deadly terrorist organisation. MI5 will give them all the equipment and information they need. No charges will ever be pressed. Matt thinks it's the perfect crime. Safe, quick, and patriotic... more»»
Crystal 20th February 2005 [8/10]
Review - The Handmaid's Tale The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Nadine has sent in a review for The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed. If she deviates she will, like all dissenters, be hanged or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs...
Nadine 31st January 2005 [7/10]
Review - At the Threshold of Liquid GeologyAt the Threshold of Liquid Geology by Eric W. Bragg
Paul has sent in a review for At the Threshold of Liquid Geology and Other Automatic Tales by Eric W. Bragg. This modern collection of surrealist prose poems was inspired by the improvisational method of automatic writing, popularised by the International Surrealist Movement... more»»

Paul Lappen 31st January 2005 [8/10]
Review - Andrew Lost Under WaterAndrew Lost Under Water by J C Greenburg
Molly has sent in a review for the children's book Andrew Lost Under Water by J. C. Greenburg. After getting unshrunk, Andrew, Judy, and Thudd take a much needed vacation to Hawaii. While making modifications to Uncle Al's latest invention – the submarine-like Water Bug – Andrew ends up stranding himself, Judy, and Thudd underwater...
Molly Martin 31st January 2005 [9/10]
Review - You Are What You Eat You Are What You Eat by Gillian McKeith
Nadine has sent in a review for You Are What You Eat by Gillian McKeith. In the primetime Channel 4 television series Dr Gillian McKeith works closely with eight ordinary people - dubbed Britain's Worst Eaters - to give them a diet makeover. As they get on the path to health their bodies and their lives turn around in amazing ways...
Nadine 31st January 2005 [2/10]
Review - A View From Beyond The PathA View From Beyond The Path by Daniel S Kellogg
Molly has sent in a review for A View From Beyond The Path by Daniel S Kellogg. It's during a dinner date with his girlfriend, Alex, that Jerod is wrenched from his comfortable existence in Boulder, Colorado. A voice from the past compels him to revisit the lives which he had bid farewell twenty-five years earlier. Ruth Van Buren had pulled him through his adolescence in Chicago, with a lust for life and adventure that often led them to the brink of disaster and back again...
Molly Martin 31st January 2005 [8/10]
The ‘Happy New Year' update
Only just made it for the end of the year having missed Christmas, so a belated Merry Christmas and a just in time Happy New Year. Many thanks to our reviewers for all their hard work over the last year and a special thanks to Michael for his continuing witty and original contributions to the site, which so many visitors enjoy... and finally thank you to all the book lovers out there who have supported the site, not least by buying recommended books through Amazon. Wherever you are have a fantastic time and as a very funny man often said 'May your God go with you'.

Admin 30th December 2005
McGan's Meditations
Michael McGan, the author of Fleeting Thoughts and The Hamster Never Sleeps, touches on the controversial issues of religion and sex... always a winner to boost circulation figures, or in our case visitors clicks. Make no mistake we will take them all, outraged, happy, agreeable and even slightly weird dressers… we may however draw the line at presidential, some people just don't get it...

When I was a child I went to a Catholic grade school and was taught by nuns. I have nothing but fond memories of those formative years with the exception of some major apocalyptic nightmares and some minor welts and contusions. But all that's behind me now and the sight of a pointer no longer produces violent flinching, but has mellowed over the years to subtle facial ticks.

I remember that the best part of the day was when you could go down to the tiny library and take out books. They also had a collection of National Geographic magazines. This was the closest thing to Playboy that an eleven year old boy could get his hands on. Granted, the tribal women in the pictures might have had curiously long necks, plates in their lips or bones through their noses... but they were topless! No wonder so many young men were joining the Peace Corps.

Sex education back then didn't come from the nuns or your parents, it came from older boys. I remember one of the more worldly teenagers had given one of my classmates a deck of playing cards which quickly made the rounds. These cards contained graphic pictures of completely naked women. It was as if the mysteries of the universe were unfolding. In a sense, we were moving up several grades from National Geographic, advancing our education. Learning is a wonderful thing.

Of course because of our religious schooling, and the fact that some of us were altar boys, we would be wracked with guilt from looking at that smouldering deck of cards. So eventually, in a darkened cubicle, it was all reluctantly confessed to a priest.

"Father, I looked at dirty pictures of women."
"I see. And how many times did you look at these pictures?"
"Well, there were fifty-two of them... and some I had to look at twice."
"Sweet Jesus in Heaven."

Head hung low, you would walk out of the confessional and up to the altar, kneel down and start your penance. You didn't want to be up there for a long time or people would talk about you. That kid has been up there since I walked into the church and got in line. He must be really bad. So you would make it quick at the altar. You could always say your hefty sentence of prayers later. Besides, some of these people had daughters. They wouldn't want their daughters hanging around with a boy who spent a lot of time on the wrong side of the altar. Even if he did talk of his dreams to join the Peace Corps.

...Nuns, there is a two headed animal if ever there was one :)
Michael McGan 7th September 2005
The 'Holiday Season' update
To make up for the poor offerings in July, due mainly to Holidays, the first update in August is a little better. Topping the reviews is Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, the much awaited sixth book in J K Rowling's massively selling series… as if you needed telling. To go with this we have a further four reviews including one from new BookLore Reviewer Carolyn Howard-Johnson. We also have a new article on Reviewing for BookLore. To finish off we have updated the Publication Dates page with forthcoming titles for October as well as the latest Top Ten… enjoy.

Admin 7th August 2005
The 'Quick' update
A quick update to catch the end of the month with reviews for two excellent works. We have also added new release information for September on the Publication Dates.

Admin 30th June 2005
McGan's Meditations
Michael McGan, the author of Fleeting Thoughts and The Hamster Never Sleeps, shows our ever loyal visitors simple methods to attract members of another species in his latest meditation...

Watch Me Pull a Rabbit:

Magic shows still interest many people. The whole thing with magicians is stupid if you ask me. They spend all this time making things disappear - people, tigers, bridges... if they could really perform magic they should be doing just the opposite, making stuff appear.

They take their beautiful and sexy female assistant, make her disappear, and then bring her back. What is the thrill in that? Why not bring her back with a twin! Now you've got two beautiful and sexy women. That would make more sense to me. If I was a single guy and a magician, that's what I'd be doing. Poof! More women. That would impress my friends!

Sometimes a magician will be holding something in his hand and he drapes a handkerchief over it, says the magic words, and pulls the handkerchief away to reveal that the object has disappeared. Why doesn't his hand disappear? It's under the same handkerchief. He pulls the handkerchief away and there is just this stump there... people would be screaming, passing out, throwing up... it doesn't make any sense to me. The whole thing is stupid.

Magicians are always pulling coins from behind people's ears. I'd tell him to keep doing it for the whole day and I'd split the payout with him. And while we're talking about the human body as a cash machine, is there another orifice besides the ear that produces legal tender? How about bills, in large denominations? Let's not go there, you say. You're right. Besides, that money would have to be laundered.

And, what's with all the rhyming words, like abra-ca-dabra, and hocus-pocus? How about phoney-baloney? And, while I'm on the subject, (poof!)...
Hey, I was just kidding guys. Bring me back now. Pretty please?

Ahhh, didn't mean that at all... sorry if you were looking for advice on animal attraction.
Michael McGan 7th June 2005
The ‘Sneaky' update
A very quick update to catch the end of the Month. We have added several new reviews to keep you going as well as the latest Top Ten. The News Archives have had a slight makeover with a fantastic new Index… and finally we have added a useful link from the BookLore Logo at the top left. If you ever get lost you can now always get back to the Main Page... now why hasn't any other site thought of that before :) ...and remember, you can still use the wonderful Home button as well.
Admin 31st May 2005
The ‘Return of the Archives' update
Our ISP has finally seen the light and ‘due to the increase of broadband customers wanting to upload large files to their websites we realised 20MB just didn't cut it'... hmmmm. So, now having the almost limitless vastness of 100MB, the Archives have returned in all their space wasting and pointless glory. Molly Martin has kindly sent in her Interview with author Carol Weston and to try and keep everyone up-to-date we have also added even more Publication Dates for forthcoming novels as well as the latest Top Ten.
Admin 16th May 2005
'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly' update
A Bad end to last year, a Good start to the New Year and an Ugly ISP. The end of last year didn't see many updates for which we apologise… time as always was at a premium. This first update of the New Year sees an improvement with five new reviews, updated Publication Dates, a short article Can You Make a Living Book Reviewing? from reviewers Paul Lappen and Nigel, the latest Top Ten with the indefatigable
The Da Vinci Code ruling the start of 2005 as it did most of 2004. Meanwhile, in the land of the mad, our Service Provider has refused us more Web space. We have used all our allocation and are having to delete items to update. Hopefully we will have soon moved and the Archives can return in all their glory… what do you mean you never missed them!! …and finally Michael McGan has unveiled his own Website at; have a look when you have a spare minute for the latest from our very own columnist.
Admin 31st January 2005
McGan's Easter Meditation
Michael McGan, the author of Fleeting Thoughts and The Hamster Never Sleeps, reflects on the hidden meaning of Easter...

Is the Easter Bunny the devil in disguise? Well before you scoff and pass it off as another ridiculous postulation by yours truly, think about it. The devil has two horns that stick up. The bunny has two ears that stick up! The devil has a tail. The bunny has a tail! Need I say more? I'm sensing that you're not buying into this. Let me ask you a question; are there ever any confectionery versions of religious icons in those Easter baskets? No there are not. Just chocolate bunnies, marshmallow peeps, and jelly beans. It could be said that they are collectively the axis- of-evil candies who must be stopped. Perhaps heavy sanctions against their manufacturers are in order. If that doesn't work we're gonna be forced to go in. That's all there is to it.

I ask you to observe, on Easter Sunday when parents bring their small children to church what goes on. Children smartly dressed in white shirts and slacks, sport jackets, pretty dresses with matching bonnets and shiny new shoes, will be all you need to see to know what I'm talking about. These children will be so hyped up that their violent thrashing, screaming, uncontrollable outbursts, head spinning, and vomiting will cause the priest to wonder if he should postpone mass and just perform a MASS EXORCISM. After the service, when the children are off searching for Easter-eggs, ask yourself this - what does any of this madness have to do with the resurrection of Christ? Then again, we came through it to become relatively well adjusted, church-going individuals with no lasting ill effect, didn't we? But I sure do like those little pink and yellow peeps, with all that gooey marshmallow and that sugary coating. I'm so weak. Pray for me my brothers and sisters, that I can resist the temptations that may come in the days ahead. Happy Easter...

One more for good luck :) Happy Easter one and all...
Michael McGan 25th March 2005
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